AIF reveals shortlist for 2016 Festival Congress Awards

Lee

The nominees for the 3rd Festival Congress Awards have just been announced taking place during the Festival Congress on the 1st November at the DEPOT in Cardiff. The awards will be hosted by Glastonbury’s Ben Challis and are decided on by votes from AIF members.

There are ten award categories including, ‘New Festival on the Block’, ‘Unique Festival Arena’, ‘Mind Blowing Spectacle’, ‘Festival Caterer Most Likely to End up on Instagram' and more.

One newly introduced category is the ‘Act of Independence’ award, highlighting a moment in the festival season that embodied the spirit of independence.

Nominees for this particular award include Shambala for introducing a 100% meat & fish free policy and MAST onsite drugs testing, which was piloted at several AIF member festivals this summer.

Others in the running for awards this year include the likes of Bluedot, Glastonbury’s female-only venue ‘The Sisterhood’, ‘The Good Life Experience’, Deer Shed Festival’s Film Production Big Top, Wilderness Festival’s ‘Saturday Night Spectacular’, Bestival’s ‘Spaceport’ and ‘The Tim Peaks Diner’, the brainchild of The Charlatan’s Tim Burgess, who has also been confirmed as a keynote speaker at the conference.

It has also been confirmed that the 2016 ‘Unsung Hero’ award will be presented to health, safety and welfare expert Penny Mellor, who has worked in the events sector for over 40 years, managing welfare services and developing good practice guidance.

The Awards after-party will feature Rob da Bank and Tayo 3000’s ‘Purple Rave’ Prince tribute alongside a DJ set from Tim Burgess.

We will also be taking some of our key team members up to Cardiff and our presentation on the day about TheTicketSellers and eventree will feature a case study with Jon, the director of Shambala.

We hope to see you there! For tickets and information click here.

AWARD NOMINEES


NEW FESTIVAL ON THE BLOCK
Bluedot
Convergence Festival
Lost Festival
The Good Life Experience
Twisterella
The Vicars Picnic


UNIQUE FESTIVAL ARENA
Children’s Café at The Good Life Experience
Forrest Stage at 2000trees Festival
Tim Peaks Diner
Glastonbury’s female-only venue – The Sisterhood
Deer Shed Festival’s Film Production Big Top
Bestival’s Spaceport


LIVE ACT OF THE YEAR
Blossoms
Symphonica with MR Switch
Spring King
Moose Blood
Jack Garratt


MIND BLOWING SPECTACLE
The World’s Biggest Bouncey Castle at Bestival/Common People
Wilderness Festival’s Saturday Night Spectacular
La Compagnie des Quidams at Festival No. 6
Brian Eno’s Light Installation at Bluedot


BEST SMART MARKETING CAMPAIGN OF THE YEAR
End of The Road’s Lineup Announcement Video
Shangri La’s Media Hell Campaign
Secret Garden Party’s Gardner’s Guide To The Galaxy Theme
Bestival’s Hand-drawn/painted triptych of the Spaceport Headliners
Eastern Electrics Rickshaw DJ/Pacman Lineup Announcement


FESTIVAL JOURNALIST / WEBSITE OF THE YEAR
David Hillier
Marcus Barnes (Fest300)
Slummy Single Mummy
Melographic


FESTIVAL CATERER MOST LIKELY TO END UP ON INSTAGRAM
Claw
The Cheese Truck
The Bhangra Bus Café
Kelis’ Le Bun
Luardos
Paelleria


THE BACKSTAGE AWARD
Artist Liaison at Barn on the Farm
Comedy/Team Ops at End of The Road
Sue & Jo at Bingley Music Live
Artist Liaison at Blissfields
Clean Campsite Team at Nozstock The Hidden Valley
LarMac Live at Bestival, Common People, Camp Bestival


ACT OF INDEPENDENCE
Shambala goes 100% meat & fish free
MAST drugs testing piloted at festivals
Bestival staff Swim2Bestival
Steve Bedlam – Calais refugee aid
General Public’s Hop Project


UNSUNG HERO
Penny Mellor